Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube’s stroke-filled fifties overpowered Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden hundred as Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 47 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After CSK, who were put into bat first, scored 189/4 on the back of Gaikwad’s sensational 101*, RR chased down the target in 17.3 overs, courtesy Jaiswal’s fiery 50 while opening the batting and Dube’s brisk 64*.
The RR opening pair of Jaiswal and Evin Lewis announced their aggressive intent straightway. While Jaiswal, who got a reprieve in the second over as Ambati Rayudu could not hold on to a tough chance, creamed five fours in the first four overs, Lewis hit two sixes and two sixes as RR zoomed past fifty in four overs.
Jaiswal then went after Josh Hazlewood, hammering three sixes and a four in the fifth over to complete a 19-ball fifty – his first in the IPL.
There was some respite for CSK as Lewis and Jaiswal got out in the 6th and 7th overs respectively. While Shardul Thakur dismissed Lewis, KM Asif ended Jaiswal’s blitz.
Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube then joined forces and the two denied CSK any immediate success. While Samson scored 28 off 24 balls, Dube, with his powerful hits, targeted the CSK bowling, scoring an unbeaten 64 off 42 balls with the help of 4 fours and as many sixes.
The two added 89 runs together, where Dube scored majority of the runs, before Samson got out in the 16th over.
Glenn Phillips then joined Dube in the middle and the pair made sure RR crossed the finish line and pocket two points.
Earlier, batting first, CSK were off to a brisk start, courtesy Faf du Plessis and Gaikwad. The CSK opening pair scored 44 runs in the powerplay.
However, Rahul Tewatia’s introduction into the attack in the seventh over helped RR to get their first breakthrough as he had du Plessis stumped. Two overs later, Tewatia picked his second wicket as Suresh Raina was holed out in the deep.
Gaikwad was then joined by Moeen Ali and the duo added 57 runs together. The two kept the scorecard ticking and took CSK to 100/2 at the end of 14 overs.
Gaikwad, who had reached his half-century then, targeted Tewatia, creaming two sixes in the 15th over. However, CSK lost their third wicket in the same over as Moeen got out for 21.
While Gaikwad continued his good work with the bat and took on Akash Singh, hitting two fours and a six in the 16th over to move to 80 off 52 balls, Chetan Sakariya gave RR their fourth success with the ball, getting Rayudu out in the 17th over.
Ravindra Jadeja and Gaikwad then hit a four and a six respectively in the next over as CSK crossed the 150-run mark. Sakariya conceded 12 runs in the penultimate over.
In the final over, CSK scored 15 runs off the first three balls, which saw Jadeja hit two fours and a six in addition to a run off a wide. Gailkwad then tonked a maximum on the final ball to complete a well-deserved hundred.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 190/3 (Shivam Dube 64*, Yashasvi Jaiswal 50; Shardul Thakur 2/30) beat Chennai Super Kings 189/4 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 101*, Ravindra Jadeja 32*; Rahul Tewatia 3/39) by 7 wickets.